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LEADERSHIP UPDATES Northern Kentucky Young Professionals (NKYP) represents the next generation of leaders in our region. As part of the NKY Chamber’s GROW NKY talent initiative, NKYP encourages young leaders who embrace the principles of meaningful participation, effective citizenship and extraordinary imagination to enhance the quality of life and well-being in NKY. In 2019, the NGLA (Next Generation Leader Awards) celebrates 10 years of recognizing YPs under the age of 40 for significant professional accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, and community impact. Hosted by NKYP, the celebration will honor selected finalists in ten industry categories on Thursday, July 18 at the Newport Aquarium. Want to get involved or have YPs in your company that are looking for ways to be engaged at the NKY Chamber? The NKYP Passport is an all-access pass available to young professionals that offers an annual flat fee to attend all NKYP events, opportunities to serve on NKYP planning committees, and discounts and exclusive invites to select NKY Chamber and community events. Check out NKYP’s upcoming events or contact Amanda Johannemann at ajohannemann@ to learn more!

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Leadership NKY (LNK) uses the community as a classroom to develop leaders who will effectively serve the region. Now in its 40th year, this nine-month long program for emerging and existing leaders, meets monthly for a day-long session on different topics such as Education, Economic Development, Government and Community Vibrancy. In December, the 51 members of this year’s class learned about human service organizations in our region and their impact. After visiting the NKY Emergency Shelter, they collected funds to fill 100 bags with goodies and Christmas wishes for guests at the shelter on Christmas Eve (picture). They also made a monetary donation in honor of the shelter’s director, Kim Webb (LNK 2017). Thanks to Maggie Blankenship of Schneider Electric for chairing this day. In January, the class participated in a session on Inclusive Leadership. The foundation of the day was the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk: The Danger of a Single Story. It’s a must-see video for leaders in our region! Thanks to Niki Clare of Citi for chairing this day. Nominations for our 41st class will be open soon! Look for information on the NKY Chamber website and social media.

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Pictured: In January, NKYP hosted the Wellness & Self-Care Roundtable at Braxton Loft, and these lovely folks comprised the panel - (L to R) Aaron Hanseen, R.C. Durr YMCA; Kate Grise, Ft. Wright CrossFit; Ellen Whitney, Orangetheory Fitness Newport; Cameron Simoneau, owner Tri-State Running Company.

Pictured: Kim Harp (LNK 2019) of REDI with a portion of the goods collected for the NKY Emergency Shelter.


Profile for Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

NKY Business Journal March/April 2019